Time to shut down my website

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TIME TO SIGN OFF – It has been great sharing so many fun projects and so many fun adventures with Deb, Nicole, Terak , Bill and my folks over the years with all of you .
But like everything else , we all have to move on as things get outdated. Thousands of great webpages have been shut down in the last couple years for one reason or another .
In the last four weeks it has just got to be more of a hassle to try to change my page than what it is worth. Even today I had to try three or four different times to make it work.
Thanks again for all of you that stuck with me and kept visiting my page from the beginning to the very end.
I will have Nicole leave this post on for a couple weeks before she pulls the plug on it for the very last time.
I also want to thank Nicole and Deb one last time for all the years they made this possible.
Of Course , I can’t leave without saying a big thanks to God for letting me hang around all these years and who gave me the ability to create things from a piece of flat metal.
I hope if you ever hear my name at some toy show it will be good things said about me. I never had a single bad toy transaction in 18 years. I always was very honest to everyone and never tried to cheat anyone out of any money.
Once in a while someone would get angry at me because I would not build them a model. I just did not always want to build certain models. But that was very rare.
Not sure what tomorrow will bring as far as building anymore toys. I will continue to putter with the garden tractors that I already have and tweak them more in the workshop.
I feel very blessed to have such a great best friend as Deb , such a great daughter , a great son-in-law and a wonderful grandson.
Things are getting better with my family now and I am back to writing to my mom again everyday and we might take her with us to Florida if we go in the future.
I have said I was going to shut this down twice before in the last three years but never actually did. I just didn’t post for a while. But this time it it for real as the internet keeps changing and makes it harder to figure out the page and it isn’t fare to hassle Nicole with it anymore.
Thanks again Nicole for all your help !!
Bye everybody and thanks again !!
Don , Debbie, Nicole, Bill and Terak

Grader 6 foot blade painted

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Mini Grader Blade – Todays picture shows the painted blade for the mini grader. It is 6 feet wide and it looks pretty cool sitting in the drivers seat. Tomorrow I will continue to sand on the main frame . The blade isn’t going to rust now, ha,ha.
Frost last night – 39 degrees early this morning and the ground was white with a light frost. Just two weeks til Aug. and our first snow flurries. I was just joking until today but when we get frost July 17th and temps are averaging 10 to 20 degrees cooler all summer so far it really could happen.
We could get one or two inches of snow in Sept. this year ?
Oh well, everyone loves to talk about the weather and Obama , lol
Alpenfest 2014 – Things are hopping downtown and traffic is crazy and no place to park. All the streets are blocked off for re-routing traffic and it is rough getting around. Many locals leave Gaylord this week. The State police were on the radio today saying a couple years ago they handed out 1000 hot dogs and yesterday they only handed out 600 hot dogs. So attendance might be down this year.
Outrageous Gas prices and Ridiculous food prices alone have drained the average family extra money . Then taxes, heat , electric , local millage’s continue to be passed , etc. There is just no end to increased expenses and at the same time employers continue to reduce insurance coverage on their employees. Very sad.
All we can do is try to enjoy each day God has given us .
Have a great Thurs.

Mini Grader Progress

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Motorgrader Parts- Todays picture shows more progress on the grader frame and blade. I have 99% of the frame welds now ground smooth and body filler applied. Tomorrow I will start sanding . I still have many more parts to build and add but it has been sitting so long it is starting to rust. I will paint the parts that are done and just go from there. It will be nice to see the frame and blade assembly green . Then I can build the ripper assembly later and the other cylinders and the dash controls, etc.
It is going to be goofy to drive it , ha,ha.
Webpage Problems – A few weeks ago flicker changed things and now it is hard to change my webpage.
I have to post and edit three times everytime to change my page. I have to post the picture then go back and edit and post the title and then go back and edit and post the test . 8 years I have not had to do that and now it is a big hassle so i am not posting as much since they screwed things up.
Good or Bad the Internet – Experts say we have reached the point where the internet is actually causing more harm than good. More negative things are now happening from the internet than positive things. So many negative things from something that was so useful. Pretty sad.
Cool Weather – SNOW is not far off if the cool weather continues like this. Everywhere around the world the weather has changed dramatically . There is no longer a normal and records continue to be broken everyday. We broke a new record low in Michigan yesterday . Crazy.
Camping – I have been busy working on Deb’s to -do list and got many things done in the last week. But summer is flying by and we got to get that camper out again soon.
Alpenfest started last night and that is a sign summer is almost over. Just two weeks and it will be Aug. and families will start buying school clothes and start thinking about fall .
Aches and Pains- Everyday I continue to walk on the treadmill or walk outside with Deb first thing . Then head to the shop and work on projects for Deb.
I Still have all the normal aches and pains and once in a while I get a brand new sharp pain and that is kinda nice because I tend to forget the everyday Aches and pains, lol
Hope your all having a great summer .